Open Letter to Derailed Comrade.Mogbojuri Kayode

Dear derailed Comrade.Mogbojuri Kayode aka Radical Brother,how market na? Sorry I chose this open medium to communicate to u. I tried to send a text message to u privately but u rebuffed me.

U better hide ur alatenuje face in shame& congratulate President-Elect.Muhammadu Buhari&APC &me especially. Up APC ! Change !

I rmr how we used 2fight 4u in those days when u were upright,unlike now dat ur conscience has been bought with money&is now denominated by naira&kobo; dollars&cents; pounds&pence. Pity o! Comrade Kay,I love u& wish u go back to ur old ways of upright activism

Four Critical Outcomes Possible As #‎NigeriaDecides‬ By Peregrino Brimah

Four Critical Outcomes Possible As #‎NigeriaDecides‬

By Peregrino Brimah
OPINION March
30, 2015

Situation 1:

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan concedes defeat and hands over to President Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Yemi Osinbajo of the APC.

This outcome holds the best promise for Jonathan who at least will be credited to have done one last thing right. This outcome may be tested with pockets of agitation from terrorist/militant lords. These will be easily controllable by a honest Jonathan presidency.

In this outcome Goodluck Jonathan will be able to “enjoy” two more months at the seat of power; with the keys to Nigeria’s billions.

Situation 2:

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan refuses to concede defeat and rigs all the way, then announces himself as the winner.

This situation is most favored by the heads of service who are interested in holding power as evidenced by their interference in all stages of the electoral process including their prompting its postponement.

If Goodluck Ebele Jonathan rigs to victory and refuses to concede defeat, there will be predictable turmoil in the country and within days the military will over throw the government.

As mentioned, the military prefer this option as they will have officially sat on the throne and they will then pretend to be saviors. Goodluck Jonathan does not like this option so much, as his name and record will be forever tarnished even more with this and he may be jailed even by this very military before they are ousted or hand over to civilians.

Situation 3:

The military takes over before results are announced. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan prefers this option as it will save him conceding defeat and being held responsible ultimately, by the cabal hawks who have been pressing him to fight to finish to save their empires, hold on the nation’s treasury and corrupt, impune lifestyles.

However the military does not like this option as it will predictably deny them of any credibility and support locally and internationally. This approach will also predictably lead to quick military power changes.

Situation 4:

The Military and Goodluck Ebele Jonathan go it together; either delaying the election results, cancelling them all together or announcing the rigged results with the military standing by Jonathan.

In all world history except in Iran (due to the 1,000,000 strong, Basij paramilitary civilian army), every instance an incumbent denies a strong opposition his mandate rightfully or wrongfully, turmoil has almost always soon sacked the incumbent.

Situation 4 will lead to days to weeks to months of bloody civil and military disturbance in Nigeria which will ultimately predictably end only by the toppling of the Jonathan-Minimah government.

In all scenarios the people are implored to exert patience, be organized and united, and use peace as a weapon, ignoring all evil provocation. Not one innocent Nigerian must die. All eyes must be trained on the enemies of the state only.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

The Boiling Frog Syndrome : Do Nigerians really desire a positive change&want to be free or they choose to remain in bondage ?

Human Beings and frogs are the two creatures in nature who have tremendous power to adjust. I’m some of us have carried out (or heard of) this experiment before. Put a frog ( or a toad ) in a vessel of water and start heating the water. As the temperature of the water rises, the frog is able to adjust its body temperature accordingly. The frog keeps on adjusting with increase in temperature. Just when the water is about to reach boiling point, the frog is not able to adjust anymore. At that point the frog decides to jump out. The frog tries to jump but is unable to do so, because it lost all its strength in adjusting with the water temperature. Very soon the frog dies.

 

What killed the frog? Many of us would say the boiling water. But the truth is what killed the frog was its own inability to decide when it had to jump out. If only it had jumped out much earlier, it won’t have died. We all need to adjust with people and situations and circumstances, but we need to be sure when we need to adjust and when we need to face. We also need to be truthful,factual and realistic with situations we face. There are times when we need to face the situation and take the appropriate action. If we allow people to exploit us physically, emotionally or financially, they will continue to do so. We have to decide when to jump. Let us jump while we still have the strength.

 

If you like, call me a dreamer, call me a doomsday prophet, call me an ideologue, call me an idealist, call me an excited pundit, call me any name you choose I shall oblige you BUT change remains the only CONSTANT in our universe. I would be a big hypocrite if i failed to write what i am writing now. It is akin to what the people of Uruguay,including their very respected president – Jose Mujica did when Luis Suarez was thrown out of World Cup 2014 by FIFA after he committed a very bad offence of biting an opponent. He had been doing that before ,so it wasnt his first time. Rather than condemning their prodigal son and tonguelashing, reprimanding and rebuking him for an evil behaviour and looking for ways of reforming him and giving him psychiatric, psychological and probably spiritual help, they gave him a HERO’S welcome,openly accepting his bad and irresponsible behaviour. Bloody hypocrites. That is first class hypocrisy.I wont behave like the Uruguayans.

 

Do the Nigerian masses really want to be free and desire a positive change?

Do the people really want to be free? Do we really desire the positive change we want? Do we deserve the positive change we want? Are we ready to accept and practice the truth,if we are told? Don’t we love deceptions? If given a chance, are we ready to take the necessary steps and sacrifices to have the positive and great change we desire? These are questions that have troubled my mind for a long time and have recently come up prominently in my mind. I ask these questions daily and recent events have made me ask so.

 

I ask this because deep in my heart,I have a genuine passion for the masses. It’s not that I’m downtrodden or I don’t live fairly comfortably,but I have a burning zeal and desire to help the downtrodden masses. It touches me when they are treated badly. I feel it when hundreds die during bombings or a kidnapped by criminals,especially in preventable situations. I feel it when millions attend interview for just a few spots and many get trampled upon and die. “Only if wishes were horses,even beggars would ride”,so says the popular adage. I wished I was in a position to bring bad leaders to justice and ensure equity and justice. Call me “The Punisher” if u want. I wish I can help the masses to get better healthcare, education, better economy,better jobs, better business empowerment, better welfare, care for widows, orphans, disabled and disadvantaged people, eradicate,not alleviate poverty and wished to give people a higher standard of living, better wages and a lower cost of living. I wish to make life better for people. I wished I had that power and I cry daily when I see misfortune ,especially avoidable ones befall my people. I wish God who rules in the affairs of men will just empower me.

 

Over time,I’ve discovered something disheartening : The people don’t want to be free and live  good lives . Infact,they preferred bondage to good life. Don’t get me wrong here. The people in their hearts do appear to want a better life,but they consistently take actions that shows they want the evil lives they live. They profess things that they do not practice in reality. It’s more of a thing of the mind. They consciously, unconsciously, willingly and unwillingly take consistent actions that take them into worse bondages and they won’t listen to you even when you correct them. These are things of the mind.

 

Thomas Sankara said “a slave cannot be willingly freed by his master,a slave has to free himself by himself”. So true and realistic. The masters,in this case the political leaders, the cabals, mafias and mafiosos and syndicates impoverising Nigerian masses are not ready and willing to let go of the masses. The masses must fight and win to be free. Unfortunately,the elites have a way of dividing and changing the masses’ opinions. They use religion, tribe, ethnicity, political affiliation and other things to influence the masses. This is a war. It’s a war of the minds because if the war is won mentally, then it can be won all through.

 

The multi-award winning raggae musician – Bob Marley once sang in his song – Redemption Song

 

“…Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;

 

None but ourselves can free our minds.

 

Have no fear for atomic energy,

 

‘Cause none of them can stop the time.

 

How long shall they kill our prophets,

 

While we stand aside and look? …”

 

So what we need to emancipate ourselves from is the mental slavery,the bad mentality. In The Good Book, when men wanted to built the Towel of Babel, God said that since they were one and their language (or mentalities) was one,what they planned to do cannot be restrained from them {Gen 11 v 1-9}. God confused their language,so they weren’t able to achieve their purpose. It shows the power of liberated, united and determined minds. Even God may find it difficult to change those minds.

 

The people have shown they always love to choose the wrong things. In the days of old when God sent prophets to the people,even Jesus Christ,The Only Begotten, people rejected God sent. They stoned them, mocked them,killed them, disobeyed them, even crucified them. It’s not a thing that’s just happening anew. Afterall,there’s nothing new under the sun.

 

Alexis de Tocqueville, a french political thinker and historian, once said ” …in every democracy,the people get the type of leadership they deserve …”. I have seen this very true in Nigeria. I’ve seen countless examples. People vote based on sentiments,mainly religious and ethnic and because one pastor or imam or emir, obi, oba or royal highness, instructed them them to do so, rather than voting for the best candidate. Some vote because they heard or read a certain, unsubstantiated report about somebody that he said …. They don’t even do a thorough homework to test it and verify. The Good Book says ” test all things and hold on to that which is true”, meaning we need to verify all things and hold on to that which is true. There are no excuses for ignorance. Ignorance of the law isn’t an excuse. My learned friends always remind me. The Queen of Sheba in the olden days,it was said by historical books, travelled great distance from a region around Zimbabwe to Israel,when she knew of the great wisdom of King.Solomon to Israel,to learn of his wisdom. Learning and verifying the truth demands sacrifice.

 

Are the people ready to sacrifice? Change sometimes need tremendous sacrifice. I remember that in old Oshodi, Lagos, infact,you had all sorts on the road. The roads were not free. It was bad. Stalls, houses etc had to be demolished,for the roads to be cleared. Okadas (commercial motocycles) had to be banned to reduce accidents because unemployment was so bad that many untrained riders saw it as a quick way of making ends meet. It resulted in lots of accidents and banning Okadas had reduced the fatalities, deaths and morbidities on the roads. Oshodi is better now. We complain of low standards in schools,yet people won’t allow a governor to sack substandard teachers who can’t even read their names. It’s so bad. If a blind man leads another,both will fall into the pit. You can imagine a bad teacher leading unlearned children. It’s almost a know fact that there are many redundant staff in public service,even many ghost workers. Yet any governor that tries to correct many wrongs will be hated by the same masses he wants to liberate. So sad. The leader that wants to do things the proper way and wants to instill proper discipline is termed as wicked and too harsh by the people.

 

I heard of a local government chairman that lost re-election because he doesn’t distribute cash, food items  and “stomach infrastructure” to the people. Rather he used such money to develop the Local Government, pay students School Certificate exam fees, construct roads etc. Rather,the people complained he was too “stingy”. They voted for the “man of the people” who when he was sworn in distributed cash, food etc to traditional rulers and the people. The people regretted because he never developed the locality but rather parents started paying for examinations that were hiherto free and paid for by the LG. Indigent students missed the exam because their parents couldn’t raise the fees. Whose faults? Their parents who made wrong choices. Many and countless examples abound.

 

Great change will occur when the people emancipate their minds from mental slaveries,none but themselves can free their minds. How long shall they kill their liberators while they either participate or look the other way. People don’t understand that when the resolve of the people is one, even hardened dictators found it hard to rig elections and have been chased away when the people resolved so. The purpose of this article isn’t to campaign for anybody or any political party but to straighten things out ! I hope we love the truth when we are told .It saddens me as I write this piece. I’ve made up my mind that if Nigerians ever miss the chance to effect great changes in the next general elections, I may greatly reduce,if not stop making political comments. I’m serious this time around. I hope we change. It takes fools to be ruled by idiots.

 

 

If you’re voting

remember these factors:

 

1. The missing chibok Girls

 

2. NNPC Scam

 

3. Police pension fund scam

 

4. Missing $20 Billion

 

5. Bomb Blasts

 

6. Immigration job scam

 

7. Petroleum pump price. Fuel was reduced from 97 to 87 naira per litre but the fuel became scarce soonafter. People are now buying from the black market at exorbitant prices and where fuel is available, people buy between 100 to 120 naira per litre in most cases.

 

8. Devaluation of Naira

 

9. Oil theft

 

10. Power outages and Selling of NEPA. Nigerians now have an average of 3 to 6 hours over 24 hours. What a big failed mark. When they were privatising power, rather than sell through a transparent process to deserving, competent investors, they chose to sell to themselves and their cronies. Now you see the results. You surely reap what you sow

 

11. Comatose Refineries

 

12. Stella Oduah Aviation Scam

 

13. Kerosene subsidy scam

 

14. Boko Haram issues

“It is now in the open that Chad is successfully helping us fight off Boko Haram in our territory. What alot of people have not thought of is the security budget of Chad. From 2001-2012 (12 years), Chad’s budget for the military was $2.2bn. That’s not up to half of Nigeria’s budget for the military in 2015.

Chad Military Budget    http://militarybudget.org/chad

Nigeria Military Budget    http://militarybudget.org/nigeria/

 

Yet, this week our President told BBC that the reason he did not equip the military for 6 years is because guns are not like cigarettes that could be bought off the shelf. He said he had underestimated Boko Haram

Isn’t he such an intelligent fellow?

You really must hate Nigeria very much to vote for this man this Saturday.”

 

They Didn’t Raise 21Billion for Ebola;

 

They Didn’t Raise 21Billion for dilapidated hospitals;

 

They didn’t raise 21Billion for Military Weapons against Boko Haram

 

They Didn’t raise 21Billion for children dying of Vaccine preventable diseases

 

They didn’t raise 21Billion for the homeless

 

BUT they all gathered to raise 21Billion for another 4Years of INEPTITUDE. IMPUNITY, MEDIOCRITY AND BAD GOVERNANCE.

 

NO WAY!!! NO MORE!!!

 

 

NO pastor/imam/babalawo/oba/obi/emir/obong should tell you who to vote for, NEVER!…. You bear the brunt of unemployment, not the pastor….

You suffer epileptic power supply, not the imams…..when your landlord increases house-rent, the oba will not send ypu money to augment…..when medical bills needs to be paid, you won’t see the Obi….when armed robbers shows up in your neighborhood, the emir won’t be there to rescue you…..;so you alone will decide WHO IS MAKING YOU GO THROUGH ALL THESE HARDSHIP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Adeyemi, a medical doctor, writer, author, blogger, public and social and political affairs analyst cum commentator, writes from Lagos Nigeria

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vols 202, 207, 208 , 209 and 210 +The Lion,Wolf and Fox+Making of FFK+God of FeBuhari is same God of March4Buhari+ 2015 Election Quotes+

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING    Vol 202

THE LION, THE WOLF AND THE FOX

A very old lion lay ill in his cave. All of the animals came to pay their respects to their king except the fox. The wolf, sensing an opportunity, accused the fox in front of the lion:

‘The fox has no respect for your rule. That’s why he hasn’t even come to visit you.’

Just as the wolf was saying this, the fox arrived and he overheard these words. Then the lion roared in rage at him, but the fox managed to say in his own defence:

‘And who, of all who gathered here, has rendered Your Majesty as much service as I have done? For I have travelled far and wide asking physicians for a remedy to your illness, and I have found one.’

The lion demanded to know at once what cure he had found, and the fox said:

‘It is necessary for you to flay a wolf alive, and then take his skin and wrap it around you while it is still warm.’

The wolf was ordered to be taken away immediately and flayed alive. As he was carried off, the fox turned to him with a smile and said: ”You should have spoken well of me to His Majesty rather than ill.”

– FABLES, AESOP, 6TH CENTURY BC.

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING    Vol 207

How to make a Femi Fani Kayode (FFK).

Get a shameless man of low mentality,with no integrity.Give him FOOD,MONEY &a MICROPHONE. Then he’ll sing and dance for you like a Canary bird.

'How to make a Femi Fani Kayode (FFK). Get a shameless man of low mentality,with no integrity.Give him FOOD,MONEY &a MICROPHONE. Then he'll sing and dance for you like a Canary bird.'

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING     Vol 208

Quotable Quotes on Nigeria’s 2015 Presidential Elections

‘To choose GEJ over GMB is to choose darkness over light, it is to choose hopelessness above hope. Don’t.

‘Rather than campaign & espouse an agenda, they bribe, slander & libel. They’re without a scorecard.

‘To those whose values are denominated by naira & kobo, know this, the arm of CHANGE never fails.

‘6yrs of broken promises, 16yrs of bungled hope, a decade & 6yrs of failure. Do urselves some good Vote out GEJ.

‘Do not let the corrupt mold your thinking. If they couldn’t do it in 6yrs they can’t do it in 4yrs.VOTE ’em OUT.

‘We MUST rise to d salvage & break the PDP orchestrated circle of looting, compromise & corruption.

‘Hypocrisy is when a Party that mouths transformation opposes Jega’s effort to transform our electoral process

‘GEJ’s moral deficit continues, he pushes 4 Obanikoro the Ekiti election ‘rigger’ caught on tape to be Minister.

‘The PDP Governors show of shame, their parlay with the Civil Society forced to abrupt end by power failure

‘The TRUTH is that the APC Change Movement drives the electoral campaign, whilst the PDP sulks about Jega. Shame!

‘CHANGE BECKONS the frustrations of the PDP is seen, they shall bite the dust in defeat come March 28 & April 11.

‘Hypocrisy is when you sack Kolade from Sure-P for saying the TRUTH, & Agwai his successor 4 calling for CHANGE.

‘GEJ’s government thrives on falsehood, how can a Govt that has not tarred 5,000km of roads claim 25,000km. LIES!

‘Shameless!!Today Tinubu is d most corrupt but he was d best man when he helped them win the South-West in 2011.

‘They accuse others of corruption & as a Govt cannot fight corruption, d failure is theirs. Let’s VOTE them OUT.

‘Hypocrisy is when you know that GEJ hasn’t done well & you say he must do ‘his’ 8yrs. Who made it ‘his’?

‘To them Fashola’s magic is simple BUT in 16yrs d PDP has not built a bridge in d mould of d Lekki/Ikoyi bridge

‘Hypocrisy is when you lie about POWER & for politics say it is better now. GEJ’s record from 4200mw to 3,000mw.

Sad, Jonathanians will not ashamedly lampoon the wholesale impeachment of the peace by GEJ.

Have you been in doubt about the banality of GEJ’s politricks and or the moral deficiency that attends the network of his campaign?

The Militants run the show, a while ago it was Boko Haram according to the former NSA Gen Owoeye Azazi (like Boko Haram like OPC, we have got

threats against the elections), it was Tompolo and Asari yesterday, today it is MASSOB and OPC…and tomorrow who knows what more dragon Jonathan may unleash.

This regime is a moral burden on all well meaning citizens, and WE must rise to the CHALLENGE notwithstanding the personal prism of our politics, of our ethnic prejudice and, or our religious proclivity.

VOTE out this regime that is lacking in morals, conscience and decorum. VOTE out GEJ.

‘GEJ’s moral deficit continues, he makes Obanikoro the Ekiti election ‘rigger’ caught on tape a Minister.

‘The PDP Governors show of shame, their parlay with the Civil Society forced to abrupt end by power failure.

A Govt that encourages & accommodates corruption lacks the moral & spiritual nexus to continue in power.

‘Kenya lost 174 in 2014 & a responsible Govt passed a Law to tackle terror; after 14,000 deaths GEJ blames opposition.

‘SCARED OF JAIL..having stolen our collective wealth they tell lies against Buhari BUT Change Beckons.

‘Bribing a few Nigerians against CHANGE is as much failure as GEJ as Nigerians March for CHANGE in March

‘To choose GEJ over GMB is to choose darkness over light, it is to choose hopelessness above hope. Don’t.

‘A Govt that cannot protect lives and property is unfit to continue & MUST BE stopped. VOTE OUT GEJ’

‘Rather than campaign & espouse an agenda, they bribe, slander & libel. They’re without a scorecard.

‘We MUST rise to d salvage & break the PDP orchestrated circle of looting, compromise & corruption.

‘A generation of turn-coat Activists like Gani Adams, Yinka Odumakin et al have been paid to castigate Jega. Sad.-

‘We can’t continue this way as d President & his wife domesticates the Presidency & trivializes leadership. Sad. –

‘Such is their transformation of Nigeria, they have elevated bribery to a political weapon rather than a crime.

‘Hypocrisy is when we say Buhari is too old and those who Anchor Jonathan’s campaign are in their 80s and above.

‘Those who criticize d PVC distributn forget that those who want CHANGE are armed with their PVCs. CHANGE BECKONS-

‘Why are they scared of card readers? Why is the Party of ‘Riggers’ scared of Jega? Vote out GEJ Vote out PDP’

‘To stand up for the TRUTH is to choose a thousand life-times, to sell ur conscience is to choose eternal death.

‘To those who choose lucre over good leadership, Karma is real for soon GEJ’s watch shall be history.

‘The Peoples Destruction Party promotes corruption, squanders 44trillion in 6yrs & mocks the people. Sad.

‘Transformation to them means corrupting our values & elevating bribery & corruption to an act of State

‘Fashola built an ultra modern 1.32km Bridge in 3yrs, in 16yrs PDP scams Ibo voters with 2nd Niger Bridge.

‘Tinubu & Fashola rebuilt Lagos in 16yrs; the PDP looted Nigeria in 16yrs, yet they say APC is corrupt.

‘They met 4,600m.wats of power 6yrs ago, we are in darkness today because they can’t produce 3,500m.wats.-

‘The BIG Scam, GEJ set up the Nat. Confab & spent over 6billion to recruit foot-soldiers for his 2nd term

‘The Naira is on a free fall & Jobs are being lost BUT they bandy false statistics on Nigeria’s economy.

‘A Govt that cannot protect lives and property is unfit to continue & MUST BE stopped. VOTE OUT GEJ.

‘If they are sure they have done well and are popular enough to win, why is Jega and the Card Reader their nightmare.

Together wth Boko Haram, OPC, Niger-Delta Militants & MASSOB, for electoral gain GEJ is set to kill due process. Sad

‘And the worst of them Atiku goes back to the ‘nest of killers’ and the den of corruption. He sure can’t CHANGE.

‘What more do they need to differentiate btw d PDP & d APC..Dame Patience accepts that GEJ is jail bound 4 corruption

‘Like Gbagbo like GEJ, you unleash militants & miscreants on your nation to remain in power; the ICJ awaits you

Sad, Jonathanians will not ashamedly lampoon the wholesale impeachment of the peace by GEJ.

Have you been in doubt about the banality of GEJ’s politricks and or the moral deficiency that attends the network of his campaign?

The Militants run the show, a while ago it was Boko Haram according to the former NSA Gen Owoeye Azazi (like Boko Haram like OPC, we have got threats against the elections), it was Tompolo and Asari yesterday, today it is MASSOB and OPC…and tomorrow who knows what more dragon Jonathan may unleash.

This regime is a moral burden on all well meaning citizens, and WE must rise to the CHALLENGE notwithstanding the personal prism of our politics, of our ethnic prejudice and, or our religious proclivity.

‘To choose GEJ over GMB is to choose darkness over light, it is to choose hopelessness above hope. Don’t.

VOTE out this regime that is lacking in morals, conscience and decorum. VOTE out GEJ.

May God Save Nigeria.

CREDITS: Prof Chris NWAOKOBIA JNR

Director General

CHANGE AMBASSADORS OF NIGERIA CAN.

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 209

Playing horcus-porcus soccer friendlies isn’t compulsory

Whatever needs to be done (at all) needs to be properly done. There’s no need doing a half-baked stuff or something worse off, ot that which will leave a bitter after taste,just to justify urself (or make an ignoble name) that u did that stuff.

From Brazil to Bolivia to Ghana, Nigeria finally debased herself to play liliputian Uganda. My former Egbon will say ” EE ri nnkan bi ! O ma se o” (come and see! What a pity).

Instead of us to be playing grade A friendlies,we’re playing Uganda of all teams. I’m sure if Sao-Tome was available, we’ll have begged them to play us! When last did Uganda qualify for AFCON? This is a team that’s never played in the World Cup (not even d U-20s or U-17 that age cheats attend) or Olympics!

Why must u think of hosting a friendly few days to a presidential election (with all the tale signs of pre-election violence) ? To boost ur ego or help wt re-election? Only a clueless govt can do that! I hope Nigerian football won’t go on a picnic?

The time for change is now ! I can feel it in d air. I rmr Nostra II among many things said then last year (Oct or Nov) that it was an impossible act to think of hosting Brazil few days to election in Uyo. Many of my friends fought me for daring to disbelieve their gomina who wasted their money in building a fancy stadium for them rather than chanelling such funds for better use to help d masses. Let me stop there! Enjoy the match as Nigeria hosts Brazil at the almighthy Uyo “Olympic” Stadium?

I hope NFF isn’t on a picnic but means serious business.

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING    Vol 210

God of Febuhari is same God of March for Buhari

Last week, founder of the OPC, Dr Frederick Fasehun, confessed that he was one of those who pressed and pressured for a shift, because Buhari would have won the election. And he would rather die than see a Buhari victory.

Now, the six weeks are over, and Nigerians are on the march again. The new chant is MarchforBuhari. Some people even say PVC means ‘Please Vote Change,’ instead of Permanent Voters’ Card. And tomorrow, they are resolved to vote for change, while the supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan will vote for continuity and transformation. Who wins? The normal life of a pregnancy is nine months. Childbirth is here. The expectant mother is in labour pains. Her water bag has burst, and the baby will soon pop out.

Fasehun’s confession of working for postponement reminded me of an account in the Good Book, as told in I Kings Chapter 20. The Syrians, under their king, Benhadad, had arrayed themselves to fight Israel. In the first battle, they had lost woefully, and the king of Syria had been told: “Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we. But let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.”

So, Syria attacked Israel in the plain, believing that their god was helpless in such terrain. And what happened? Let’s hear the Good Book again: “And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day, the battle was joined; and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day.”

The Syrians were beaten black and blue again. And what is the moral of the story? The God of the mountains is also the God of the valleys. The God of FeBuhari is also the God of March. MarchforBuhari. If He had ordained Muhammadu Buhari to win in February, not six weeks, six months, or six years can change it. His will is immutable. Constant. Enduring. Sacrosanct. The truth is that if God has ordained Buhari to be President from May 29, 2015, nothing can change it. And if Goodluck Jonathan is the chosen one, nothing also will change it. God is sovereign, and as human beings, we can only pray. And you know what my prayers have been? That God will give us a change of direction in Nigeria. Change from the road to perdition! Change from bribery and corruption. Change from mindless looting of the treasury! Change from bombings and insecurity. Change from bile and hate! And the man that can effect that change, in my estimation, is Muhammadu Buhari.

Between when the elections were postponed by six weeks, and now, what has changed? Well, the security situation in the Northeast is better. Boko Haram has been routed to a large extent by the military. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is also better prepared. Many more millions of Nigerians have secured their PVCs. But will the change redound to Jonathan’s favour? People are asking questions, particularly on the victories over Boko Haram. If this could be achieved in six weeks, why did we have to wait for six years, with almost 20,000 people dead? Did the government leave the insurgency issue as a political trump card? That is a big question. But if the answer is in the affirmative, then it is unconscionable, even amoral. Almost 20,000 souls dead, just to gain political advantage? I choose not to believe it, for my own peace of mind.

 

Quotable Quotes on 2015 Nigerian Presidential Elections

‘To choose GEJ over GMB is to choose darkness over light, it is to choose hopelessness above hope. Don’t.

‘Rather than campaign & espouse an agenda, they bribe, slander & libel. They’re without a scorecard.

‘To those whose values are denominated by naira & kobo, know this, the arm of CHANGE never fails.

‘6yrs of broken promises, 16yrs of bungled hope, a decade & 6yrs of failure. Do urselves some good Vote out GEJ.

‘Do not let the corrupt mold your thinking. If they couldn’t do it in 6yrs they can’t do it in 4yrs.VOTE ’em OUT.

‘We MUST rise to d salvage & break the PDP orchestrated circle of looting, compromise & corruption.

‘Hypocrisy is when a Party that mouths transformation opposes Jega’s effort to transform our electoral process

‘GEJ’s moral deficit continues, he pushes 4 Obanikoro the Ekiti election ‘rigger’ caught on tape to be Minister.

‘The PDP Governors show of shame, their parlay with the Civil Society forced to abrupt end by power failure

‘The TRUTH is that the APC Change Movement drives the electoral campaign, whilst the PDP sulks about Jega. Shame!

‘CHANGE BECKONS the frustrations of the PDP is seen, they shall bite the dust in defeat come March 28 & April 11.

‘Hypocrisy is when you sack Kolade from Sure-P for saying the TRUTH, & Agwai his successor 4 calling for CHANGE.

‘GEJ’s government thrives on falsehood, how can a Govt that has not tarred 5,000km of roads claim 25,000km. LIES!

‘Shameless!!Today Tinubu is d most corrupt but he was d best man when he helped them win the South-West in 2011.

‘They accuse others of corruption & as a Govt cannot fight corruption, d failure is theirs. Let’s VOTE them OUT.

‘Hypocrisy is when you know that GEJ hasn’t done well & you say he must do ‘his’ 8yrs. Who made it ‘his’?

‘To them Fashola’s magic is simple BUT in 16yrs d PDP has not built a bridge in d mould of d Lekki/Ikoyi bridge

‘Hypocrisy is when you lie about POWER & for politics say it is better now. GEJ’s record from 4200mw to 3,000mw.

Sad, Jonathanians will not ashamedly lampoon the wholesale impeachment of the peace by GEJ.

Have you been in doubt about the banality of GEJ’s politricks and or the moral deficiency that attends the network of his campaign?

The Militants run the show, a while ago it was Boko Haram according to the former NSA Gen Owoeye Azazi (like Boko Haram like OPC, we have got threats against the elections), it was Tompolo and Asari yesterday, today it is MASSOB and OPC…and tomorrow who knows what more dragon Jonathan may unleash.

This regime is a moral burden on all well meaning citizens, and WE must rise to the CHALLENGE notwithstanding the personal prism of our politics, of our ethnic prejudice and, or our religious proclivity.

VOTE out this regime that is lacking in morals, conscience and decorum. VOTE out GEJ.

‘GEJ’s moral deficit continues, he makes Obanikoro the Ekiti election ‘rigger’ caught on tape a Minister.

‘The PDP Governors show of shame, their parlay with the Civil Society forced to abrupt end by power failure.

A Govt that encourages & accommodates corruption lacks the moral & spiritual nexus to continue in power.

‘Kenya lost 174 in 2014 & a responsible Govt passed a Law to tackle terror; after 14,000 deaths GEJ blames opposition.

‘SCARED OF JAIL..having stolen our collective wealth they tell lies against Buhari BUT Change Beckons.

‘Bribing a few Nigerians against CHANGE is as much failure as GEJ as Nigerians March for CHANGE in March

‘To choose GEJ over GMB is to choose darkness over light, it is to choose hopelessness above hope. Don’t.

‘A Govt that cannot protect lives and property is unfit to continue & MUST BE stopped. VOTE OUT GEJ’

‘Rather than campaign & espouse an agenda, they bribe, slander & libel. They’re without a scorecard.

‘We MUST rise to d salvage & break the PDP orchestrated circle of looting, compromise & corruption.

‘A generation of turn-coat Activists like Gani Adams, Yinka Odumakin et al have been paid to castigate Jega. Sad.-

‘We can’t continue this way as d President & his wife domesticates the Presidency & trivializes leadership. Sad. –

‘Such is their transformation of Nigeria, they have elevated bribery to a political weapon rather than a crime.

‘Hypocrisy is when we say Buhari is too old and those who Anchor Jonathan’s campaign are in their 80s and above.

‘Those who criticize d PVC distributn forget that those who want CHANGE are armed with their PVCs. CHANGE BECKONS-

‘Why are they scared of card readers? Why is the Party of ‘Riggers’ scared of Jega? Vote out GEJ Vote out PDP’

‘To stand up for the TRUTH is to choose a thousand life-times, to sell ur conscience is to choose eternal death.

‘To those who choose lucre over good leadership, Karma is real for soon GEJ’s watch shall be history.

‘The Peoples Destruction Party promotes corruption, squanders 44trillion in 6yrs & mocks the people. Sad.

‘Transformation to them means corrupting our values & elevating bribery & corruption to an act of State

‘Fashola built an ultra modern 1.32km Bridge in 3yrs, in 16yrs PDP scams Ibo voters with 2nd Niger Bridge.

‘Tinubu & Fashola rebuilt Lagos in 16yrs; the PDP looted Nigeria in 16yrs, yet they say APC is corrupt.

‘They met 4,600m.wats of power 6yrs ago, we are in darkness today because they can’t produce 3,500m.wats.-

‘The BIG Scam, GEJ set up the Nat. Confab & spent over 6billion to recruit foot-soldiers for his 2nd term

‘The Naira is on a free fall & Jobs are being lost BUT they bandy false statistics on Nigeria’s economy.

‘A Govt that cannot protect lives and property is unfit to continue & MUST BE stopped. VOTE OUT GEJ.

‘If they are sure they have done well and are popular enough to win, why is Jega and the Card Reader their nightmare.

Together wth Boko Haram, OPC, Niger-Delta Militants & MASSOB, for electoral gain GEJ is set to kill due process. Sad

‘And the worst of them Atiku goes back to the ‘nest of killers’ and the den of corruption. He sure can’t CHANGE.

‘What more do they need to differentiate btw d PDP & d APC..Dame Patience accepts that GEJ is jail bound 4 corruption

‘Like Gbagbo like GEJ, you unleash militants & miscreants on your nation to remain in power; the ICJ awaits you

Sad, Jonathanians will not ashamedly lampoon the wholesale impeachment of the peace by GEJ.

Have you been in doubt about the banality of GEJ’s politricks and or the moral deficiency that attends the network of his campaign?

The Militants run the show, a while ago it was Boko Haram according to the former NSA Gen Owoeye Azazi (like Boko Haram like OPC, we have got threats against the elections), it was Tompolo and Asari yesterday, today it is MASSOB and OPC…and tomorrow who knows what more dragon Jonathan may unleash.

This regime is a moral burden on all well meaning citizens, and WE must rise to the CHALLENGE notwithstanding the personal prism of our politics, of our ethnic prejudice and, or our religious proclivity.

‘To choose GEJ over GMB is to choose darkness over light, it is to choose hopelessness above hope. Don’t.

VOTE out this regime that is lacking in morals, conscience and decorum. VOTE out GEJ.

May God Save Nigeria.

Prof Chris NWAOKOBIA JNR
Director General
CHANGE AMBASSADORS OF NIGERIA CAN.

Tunisia’s AFCON’15 Quarter-Final Controversial Loss : What goes around, comes around

It’s no longer news that CAF ( Confederation of African Football ) banned Morocco from the next 2 AFCON for withdrawing from hosting AFCON’15.( A decision Morocco is appealing ). It’s also no more news that CAF has threatened to ban Tunisia from next AFCON (qualifiers) for accusing it of bias and conspiracy to make Tunisia lose her AFCON’ 15 quarter final match to hosts Equitorial Guinea by fair or foul means. It also banned a Tunisian football official for one year for spearheading the accusation, except both he and Tunisia apologise to CAF and “eat their words” . Harsh it may seem.

The whole of Africa was up in arms last month at the perceived favoritism shown the host nation by the referee from Mauritius (Rajindraparsad Seechurn) in their quarterfinal victory against Tunisia. Well sorry, I’m going to be controversial here and differ. I know a couple of the referee’s decisions were downright diabolical, especially the award of the phantom penalty to the hosts. But, I think there has been something of a hysterical over reaction tinged with a large dollop of hypocrisy from the Tunisians. They did much worse when they hosted the tournament in 2004 and our very own Eagles were victims of their shenanigans. In a hugely contentious semi final, a similarly dodgy penalty was awarded the hosts to level the match (we eventually lost on penalties). I found the almost criminal over reaction of the Tunisian players (they tried to assault the referee after the game and trashed their dressing room) to be reprehensible and highly amusing, considering that the North Africans are masters of the dark arts themselves.

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning the referee’s obvious inadequacies but in my opinion, his errors were no worse than anything we see in the English Premier League (the self-acclaimed best in the world) week in, week out. I remember for instance a referee awarding two spot kicks to Liverpool against Leicester in January or February, both of which in post match analysis, were incorrectly awarded. Besides, I’m biased. I have not a shred of sympathy for Tunisia, who as I have mentioned above, deployed even more unsavory tactics in the run up to their AFCON triumph in 2004. Ask Seyi Olofinjana, I’m sure he’ll never forget Jazeeri’s blatant dive to earn the hosts the most undeserved of penalties.

What goes around, comes around.

Here in Nigeria, to remain stiff-necked and cunning HAS NEVER favoured any President and IT WILL NEVER DO.

Here in Nigeria, to remain stiff-necked and cunning HAS NEVER favoured any President and IT WILL NEVER DO.

If you know the history of this nation, and you truly love Mr. President, then the only advice you WILL NEVER Give To Him is ‘Ride On Sir’

Babangida was wise enough. He did not recruit any group to protest for him, he rather ran away. Obasanjo was also wise enough not to recruit any group, he rather bowed out. Abdulsalam was also clever enough, he threaded the path of honour.

Unfortunately, Abacha and his sycophants were not wise enough. They wanted to have their ways by all means.

If you consider the number of dollars spent on recruiting people to support and march-in-support of Sanni Abacha in 1996/97, you’d marvel. There was One-Million-Rally organised for him just like OPC and MASSOB are currently doing. Sadly, we could all remember how they failed!

May God grant Oga-At-Top the wisdom to choose the right path just like IBB, OBJ and Abdulsalam did. The right path for him is to honourably conduct a Free/Fair Election and allow the peoples’ will to stand.

This kind of extreme desperation to hold unto power by all means ALWAYS end badly in Nigeria. Or is here no longer Nigeria?

Abacha released billions of Naira to several groups and monarchs just to make sure he converts himself to a democratic president against the wish of Nigerians. Sadly, all d attempts failed because HERE IS NIGERIA!

Those people encouraging Mr. President to keep walking on this path are his real enemies. Or Has the name of this nation changed – Is Here Not Nigeria?

If you truly love Mr. President then DON’T support his die-hard ambition BECAUSE here is Nigeria and IT CAN NEVER work. Mark my word, it won’t work in Here In Nigeria!

After Ebola, Nigerians go to sleep on hygiene

About four months after Nigeria was declared free of the Ebola virus, findings have shown that many Nigerians have cut back on personal hygiene. Gone are the days when many people used to carry hand sanitisers in their purses, bags and pockets.

The World Health Organisation officially declared the country free from Ebola outbreak on October 20, 2014.

Meanwhile, a tour of some public facilities in Lagos — banks, shopping malls, motor parks, schools, churches and mosques — showed that hygiene checks that were put in place during the period of the Ebola crisis had since been stopped.

At a time, customers had to queue in bank premises to undergo temperature screening and were also mandated to wash their hands before they were allowed into the banking halls. Pupils were also treated same way in many schools across the country to detect any case of infection quickly.
However, all that was in the past.

Fears had gripped most Nigerians when they heard that a Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, who flew from Liberia to Lagos on July 20, 2014, had brought the virus into the country. He reportedly became ill upon arrival at the airport and died five days later.

On August 6, 2014, the first known Nigerian to die of Ebola was recorded — one of the nurses who attended to Sawyer. Two weeks later, the doctor who treated Sawyer, Ameyo Adadevoh, also died of the disease.

At the height of the crisis in the country, hand sanitiser became perhaps the most essential commodity in the market, with many store owners placing a premium price on it. Public health experts, including the World Health Organisation, had recommended the washing of hands regularly, an advice which propelled many to buy the product.

A store owners and other sellers made a fortune out of selling Sanitizers which were in hot demand then.However,now people no longer demand for it again since the country was declared free of the virus. It was like an obligation for people then. Almost everyone was buying hand sanitiser. Despite the fact that the price increased, people still kept buying. Everyone was conscious of personal hygiene. But that was then. People that used to demand for hand sanitisers have stopped buying the product. They have forgotten that it is not only when there is disease that they are to be conscious of personal hygiene.”

Despite the fact that Nigeria successfully managed the Ebola crisis, it is not time to say goodbye to personal hygiene. Personal hygiene is not something that should be observed periodically. The Ebola crisis should teach us lessons that we should always be conscious of maintaining good hygiene. It should not be done only when there is spread of diseases.

“There are many illnesses that could be avoided if we maintain what we started then. Schools ensured that pupils were tested before entering classes, but now I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that again.”

Banks too are affected. Unlike then when bank security staff were ordered to instruct customers to sanitise their hands before entering the hall, they have since relaxed. They don’t even have washing bowls and hand sanitisers again, to start with. They think since the era of Ebola is over, there is no need for that again.

I remember many people used to carry sanitiser in their pockets everywhere they went that time. Many even avoided hugging and shaking hands then because they were afraid of contacts. There was even an “Ebola styled” handshake then. Now people have seemed to shrug that aside, appearing to have ignored it completely. They now hug and embrace believing Ebola has gone forever in this country. The fear is no more there.

Meanwhile, as of February 2015, it was estimated that 22,894 persons were infected with the virus globally, with 9,177 deaths. Nigeria had 20 cases with eight deaths.

The Ebola disease significantly affected West African countries, especially Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and caused significant mortality, with reported case fatality rates of up to 71 per cent and specifically 57-59 per cent among hospitalised patients.

Nigeria had its fair share of the crisis, but it was not too long before it overcame it, with many international organisations describing the feat as a “spectacular success story.”

However, EbolaAlert, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to stop the spread of the disease and make necessary information on it accessible, has said that though the number of persons being infected with the disease had reduced drastically, the threat is not over yet.

In a statement, the organisation said it was not time yet to throw caution to the wind, while stating that personal hygiene is still very important as ever before.

For instance, in neighbouring Liberia, where pupils are preparing to return to their classrooms next week after seven months of school closure, organisations like the United Nations Children’s Fund and partners said they were putting in place safety measures to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus.

“We don’t expect all schools to reopen immediately,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “Typically, it can take up to a month before the majority of students are back in the classroom. Throughout that period, education authorities will be working to ensure that conditions are as safe as possible.”

Just like Nigeria, safety measures, including taking pupils’ temperatures when they arrive in school and making them wash their hands before entering the classroom, have been successfully applied in Guinea, where more than 1.3 million pupils have returned to school since January.

In Lagos and other cities, many teachers were trained to implement and monitor the safety measures; while schools bought soaps, hand sanitiser and other hygiene materials for the prevention of the spread of the virus.

The fear that characterised the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in parts of the country last year was not restricted to average Nigerians alone. The effect was felt inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. There was anxiety over possible outbreak of the disease in the seat of power, especially considering the huge presence of monkeys and bats that had been linked to the virus.

The Chief Physician to the President, Dr. Fortune Fiberesima, quickly rose up to the task of ensuring that no evil comes near the President and his household and of course, by extension, villa workers. His first step then was massive procurement of hand sanitisers and their deployment in strategic locations inside the villa. Bottles of hand-wash also surfaced in many toilets in the villa. At that time, nobody could get access to the President or the Vice President until such a guest would have applied hand sanitisers at, at least, two points.

The second step taken was in form of a warning. In an internal memo dated August 12, 2014, Fiberesima warned members of staff to be wary of the presence of the two animals (monkeys and bats) and avoid contact with them, either dead or alive. Apparently aware of the ordeal of car owners in the hands of the animals with their indiscriminate dropping of faeces, the doctor warned them to avoid using hands to clear animal faeces on parked cars.

While that outbreak was raging, security operatives who were manning the points where the hand sanitisers were deployed were under strict instruction to ensure that all persons who passed through the points apply the substance. They carried out the order religiously. Even ministers were not spared. They must sanitise their hands before entering the Council Chambers venue of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.

Immediately the World Health Organisation declared the country free of the virus, however, a sharp drop in the alertness of people in the villa was recorded. Checks by our correspondent during the week showed that the automatic sanitiser installed on the wall at the administrative reception was no longer there. The one at the last but one security point before the VP’s office was also no longer there.

Further independent reports also showed that although the ones at the entrance of the Council Chambers and at the last security point before the President’s office were still there, no one was being compelled again to use them before passing through. There are however a few persons who have become used to it and still apply it without being forced to do so. Like the sanitisers, bottles of hand wash are also gradually disappearing inside the villa’s toilets.

My final take on this is thus : It is necessary to keep the tempo of hygiene high in the country whether there is any disease or not. It is even now that we should raise the standard higher. Every individual and organisation should not relent in their efforts on hygiene. We shouldn’t forget that good hygiene chases diseases away.

Jonathan not Nigeria’s first minority Ruler

Nigeria has had only ONE Hausa leader, and that is the late General Murtala Muhammed and he spent 199 days in office before he was killed. It is really interesting to know that some Nigerian leaders are actually from minority tribes, like General Yakubu Gowon from the Angas tribe and he ruled for nine years, the longest single stretch of any Nigerian leader. I just wonder when some people say Murtala is Fulani or Jonathan is the first minority to rule Nigeria, no, he is not and he is not even from the minority as the Ijaws are actually one of the largest tribes in Nigeria. And no, Tafawa Balewa was not Hausa or Fulani, he was Baggara, a minority ethnic group of about one million people and they have their own language as well. And IBB and Abdulsalami are both Gwaris not Hausa or Fulani and both spent almost nine years in power. And Abacha was Kanuri not Hausa or Fulani. Why do we like to generalize in Nigeria and muddle up things? The Fulani leaders of Nigeria are Shagari, Yaradua and Buhari and all the three of them did not spend up to eight years together.

On the other hand, Obasanjo from the Yoruba region and Shonekan both spent over 12 years or so. Igbos spent roughly 3.5 years with the leadership of Nnamdi Azikiwe and Aguiyi-Ironsi. In a nation of over 400 ethnic groups, I think people should stop narrow-minded thinking and work towards a system based solely on merit and excellence and not where you come from. When we want to get care from doctors who handle our lives, we dont ask of their tribe or religion so why do we start misbehaving when it comes to politics? And by the way, why do some people have this feeling that ayam Yoroba? Assumptions or what?

Further credits : Abiyamo

Reading the card reader issue by Bola Tinubu

DESPERATION surges within the presidency and PDP camp. Postponing the election to March 28, this group thought they had bought added time to alter the electoral equation in their favour.

They were frightened that February 14 would have been their demise. Four weeks out of the six week delay, they have not found the elixir they craved. The date change has not changed the electoral dynamic in their favour. With the damage they have done to the nation, how could they think a mere six weeks would return to them the precious goodwill they had so meanly squandered?

They now discover there likely is no sudden alteration that can repair the mess they have made of things. The extra time has only been a temporary stay of execution of the people’s sovereign will against a desolate government that, through its callous neglect of the economy and national security, has been more hindrance than help to the people it once vowed to serve.

The PDP remains in virtually the same position they occupied in early February. They look behind them to find the people no longer there. They are angry because they think the people have deserted them at the eleventh hour.

The greater truth is that they abandoned the people at the very dawn of this administration. They will now reap the dividends of their indifference. Just as they did a week before the original February election date, all senior PDP figures have run into the street not to contest in the elections but to contest against elections being had at all. They remain afraid of the outcome of a clean and free exercise. They would like it to be loose and murky or not to hold at all.
This is the reason they vehemently hackle about the use of a card reader for the elections. They have belatedly learned the card reader will prevent customary electoral malpractices.

The reader will separate them from their cherished weapons of multiple voting and ballot stuffing. The best hope for them to manufacture victory is to manufacture reasons to nix the card readers, thus necessitating a last-minute reversal to the old, discredited process.

The claim that use of the cards will disenfranchise voters is bogus. The world over, voters are required to register to vote and to present at the polling booth on election day a voter registration card. This process is not materially different than what takes place in other nations. Neither the card nor the reader itself is used to cast votes. The card is a form of identification, an important and effective method internal control, verification and confirmation, affirming the voter is the eligible to participate in this important civic exercise.

In the old system, the voter still had to present a voter registration card that would be verified by the appropriate electoral official. The verification process was porous and inaccurate due in part to innocent human error and to wilful malpractice. By making the verification process dependent on computer-read biometrics, the elements of human error and mischief have been eliminated from this important process.

Fingerprints cannot be altered nor can the machine’s reading of them be distorted. Only those entitled to cast ballots will be allowed to receive a ballot to cast. I cannot understand how anyone with even the pretence of a democratic bone in his body can bemoan this improvement.
They cry that the card-reading machines are imperfect. No one can guarantee that each and every machine will perfectly work. However, the alternative is fraught with even greater imprecision. Each national election conducted in Nigeria since 1999 has been a feat of ample rigging and malpractice. That is the way of the old system. It incentivizes gross impropriety. This new way discourages if not prevents it.

Unless the card readers are being sabotaged by PDP agents, the possibility of a massive failure of the readers is so scant as to be statistically implausible. The rate of innocent human error inherent in the old system far exceeds that of computer error in the new one. When we add the high rate of wilful mischief and wrongdoing the old system condoned, the new digital path is vastly superior to the reversion the PDP would have us make.

At the end of the day and every day has its end, the people need to vote and need to have confidence in the entirety of the process. The computerized card reader gives us a high probability of finally conducting a clean and fair election.
A return to the old system is a sure return to crimes and wrongs that have made our elections a mockery of the democratic ideal and of the people’s will. If one system gives us but the mere possibility let alone probability of a credible undertaking while the other system is doomed by the certainty of the misconduct it produces, it simply makes more sense to opt for the chance of success instead of settling for the certainty of failure.

That the PDP cohort wants the old way means they do not want to advance democracy by insuring a decent electoral process. They want to kidnap democracy by orchestrating the electoral result. They are afraid of the verdict of the people because they know they have ill-served the nation for so many years.

Last second democrats
The energy this administration should have invested in governing the people for six years is now being expended in these last few weeks in the frantic attempt to scuttle or side-wind an election that is tantamount to a referendum on the Jonathan administration. They want to save their skin by choking your democracy. Their efforts come as too much, too clumsily, too late.

Do not be persuaded by their attempts to paint themselves as last-second democrats. Their governance has been haughty and arrogant, an eruption of insecurity, unemployment and deep economic recession depleting the national treasury by the day if not by the hour and minute. The times have been fertile and fecund for them but barren and bankrupt as to you!

Their long track is one of disservice to you on all accounts – employment, power, water, roads, national security, corruption, education, health, housing and social security. Now at the last minute, they want you to believe they have become paragons of democratic virtue, the guardians of your right to vote. This is an insult to our collective wisdom. Your right to vote is seen as a wrong to them. They don’t seek democracy. They seek to strike fear in you that you may recoil from grasping the democracy that is now so closely at hand.

Let us give true democracy a chance. At the end of every contest, the cards must be placed on the table and read. Let all the cards that you as voters hold in your hands be read. Only those afraid of the will of the people fear what the cards shall read.